Desert Green conference

October 13, 2015 by Marilyn

Desert Green Logo“Arid and Aware: A New Perspective” focuses on practical horticulture and turf care with water conservation in mind. The conference features two days of concurrent seminar tracks, table top displays and a green industry mixer.

Keynote speaker John Rader, co-founder of EuroAmerican Propagators, LLC in Bonsall, CA, EuroAmerican Propagators, has created a niche for itself, specializing in the year-round production of young plants and offers new and unique plant varieties. Rader’s keynote address will focus on sustainable landscape plants; he will also be speaking on ornamental grasses during the general session.

The conference begins on October 22 and features table-top displays offering the latest products and services.


Times running out for the Nevada Radon Poster Contest

October 12, 2015 by Marilyn

Slide of poster contest

Demo gardens open to the public

October 9, 2015 by Marilyn

Cactus demo garden

Cactus demonstration garden

Over 1,000 identified plants in demo garden

Desert landscaping means a lot more than just cactus! When visiting University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Demonstration and Test Gardens, you will be amazed to see over 1,000 different identified species of plants, trees and palms that flourish in the desert southwest.

All the plants throughout the demonstration gardens are identified with bright blue and white plaques noting their Botanic and common name. In the gardens, you will find plants from Abelia x grandiflora, Glossy Abelia, to Zephyranthes x Zodiac Surprise, Rain Lily, and hundreds in between. The gardens also house a rose, cactus, herb and children’s demonstration areas.

Find alphabetical listings online for the plants, cactus, trees and palms found in the gardens.

2015 Southern Nevada Landscape Award winner

October 7, 2015 by Marilyn

Congratulations sign

The award of excellence is the highest honor earned in the Southern Nevada Landscape Awards. Winners of the award demonstrate superior design skill and a mastery of landscape and gardening practices.

The City of Las Vegas Doolittle Senior Center Community Garden received this prestigious honor in September.

For 10 years, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Don Fabbi has been coordinating and educating the gardeners, volunteers and neighboring residents at the Community Garden. Fabbi’s dedication to the garden was instrumental in the award of excellence designation.


Engineered wash did its job!

October 6, 2015 by Marilyn

Outdoor Education Center WashOn Monday, Oct. 5, the record rainfall filled the engineered wash at the Outdoor Education Center. The right bottom of the photo shows the concrete culvert that leads off the property to the County’s flood control wash. The great thing is that the water never made it there.

It was absorbed into the ground along the way; hence, putting all of it into the natural water table. This wash was designed to handle all of the run-off from the hardscape (building and parking lots) areas.

As you can see, it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do!